Public Hearing for Community Development Block Grant

Posted: 12/30/2014 12:09:40 PM

The Chesterfield Select Board is holding a Public Hearing regarding the planning for the Mass. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 15 Program. The Hearing will take place on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Select Board Meeting room in the Town Hall, 422 Main Road (Rte 143), Chesterfield. The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. Any persons needing special accommodations should contact Bea von Hagke at Hilltown CDC (296-4536, Ext. 115) at least one week prior to the meeting.

All persons or organizations wishing to be heard will be afforded the opportunity.

Public comment is invited on the following meeting topic:

An application to the Federal FY 2015 Massachusetts CDF I Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for the participating communities of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington. The participating Towns are considering applying jointly for the following possible projects: Housing Rehabilitation Program and Social Services Programs including: Health Outreach Program for Elders program run by the Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., Hilltown Food Pantry run by the Northampton Survival Center; the Hilltown Elder Network Program administered by Hilltown CDC, and the Childcare Subsidy Program.

The general public and representatives of participating towns and organizations with ideas regarding these projects or other possible projects should attend to present their views. The Town of Chesterfield, through its Select Board, will be responsible for grant oversight. Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) will assist the Chesterfield Select Board by preparing the CDBG grant application and will oversee implementation of the projects if the grant is awarded. For additional information or if you cannot attend the hearing, but have comments you would like to make, contact Bea at the number provided above, or write Hilltown CDC, P.O. Box 17, Chesterfield, MA 01012, or email


Goshen Wins Green Community Award and $141K Grant

Posted: 12/15/2014 12:57:23 PM

On December 3, Goshen was designated a Green Community in a State House ceremony hosted by Governor Deval Patrick, and attended by Dave Christopolos, Energy Committee Chair, and Selectman Joe Roberts.

As examples of planned energy savings, Town buildings will receive a lighting upgrade that will be covered by the grant and a match from National Grid. The attics of Town Hall and Town Offices will be air-sealed and upgraded to an insulation rating of R-60. Inefficient heating systems in the Town Garage will be brought up to date. To guide further energy reduction efforts, a thorough energy and weatherization audit of Town buildings will identify other targets for upgrades. Selection of specific upgrade measures and contracting for the upgrades are the responsibility of the Select Board.

To qualify for the Green Community program, the town agreed to meet five specific clean energy benchmarks:

  • Adopting an "as-of-right" bylaw enabling renewable and or alternative energy facilities to proceed without requiring special permits.
  • Passing a "stretch code" requiring all new residential construction more than 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and industrial real estate construction to implement energy saving measures.
  • Adopting an expedited permitting process related to the as-of-right facilities.
  • Establishing a municipal energy-use baseline and a program to reduce use by 20 percent within five years.
  • Agreeing to purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use, whenever such vehicles are commercially available.


Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington to close at end of school year

Posted: 12/12/2014 9:42:47 AM

After a nearly four-hour meeting at Nessacus Regional Middle School, a divided Central Berkshire Regional School District School Committee on Thursday narrowly voted to close the school, which currently houses 74 students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 and a staff of 18.

The majority of students who attend the school will be bused to Craneville Elementary School in Dalton starting next September.

The 8-6 vote followed presentations by Superintendent Robert Putnam and Business Administrator Melissa Falkowski, both of which painted the picture of a district in a serious financial bind. According to preliminary budget projects, the closure of Berkshire Trail will result in $700,000 in savings off the fiscal 2016 budget.

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HRHS Music Departments Presents the Sound of Music

Posted: 3/27/2014 7:17:24 PM


School Cancelled February 13th 2013

Posted: 2/13/2014 6:20:05 AM

Due to the impending snow storm, and rapidly deteriotating road conditions, the entire Hampshire Regional School district will be closed today Thursday February 13th, 2013. This includes all school activities.

You can listen to the recorded call here from Craig Jurgensen



Impending snow triggers early dismissal Tuesday December 17th, 2013

Posted: 12/17/2013 6:04:46 AM

Due to the predictions of heavy snow beginning this afternoon, the entire Hampshire Regional School District will be dismssed early, today December 17th, 2013. Schools will be following the usual 1/2 day schedule.

You can listen to the recorded call here


Hampshire Regional High School makes national AP honor roll

Posted: 11/20/2013 7:43:52 AM

The Hampshire Regional School District was one of 33 in Massachusetts named to this year's national AP Honor Roll and the only one in Hampshire County, according to the state....

Read the complete article at the Daily Hampshire Gazette (a subscription may be required to read the full article).



Interested in Woodlot Stewardship?

Posted: 11/18/2013 3:01:50 PM

Join us for a fall woods walk in Windsor, MA on December 1st, 2013.

Join landowners Connie Talbot and Steve Philbrick for an hour-long walk in their woods to see how they have been managing invasive species, creating wildlife habitat, and growing red oak on their woodlot. This is a great chance to share information and ask questions about stewardship options and funding opportunities for your woods.

Where: Windsor, MA. Walk from 2-3pm followed by hot chili and cider.

Please RSVP to Fletcher Clark to make sure we will provide enough refreshments.

Contact: Fletcher Clark,, 413-262-2367

This event is sponsored by the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Baystate Forestry Service.


Click here for a downloadable/printable flyer for this event


GENERAL CONTRACTORS - Looking for steady work?

Posted: 11/8/2013 12:54:37 PM

Hilltown CDC is currently seeking General Contractors who are interested in bidding on Housing Rehabilitation projects funded by various state and federal grant programs. We recently received Housing Rehab funding, and we will be bidding approximately 22 projects in the upcoming months.

Projects are planned in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, Westhampton, and Williamsburg with projects typically ranging up to $25,000.00. Contractors working on Hilltown CDC administered projects are assured payment for all approved work and a quick turnaround on invoices as well as a source of steady, local work year round.

GC's must possess a valid Contractor Supervisor's License, a Home Improvement Contractor's License, and an EPA Lead Safe Certification. Proper General Accident and Liability insurance as well as Workman's Compensation insurance, if applicable, is required.

HCDC is an EEO/Section 3 Employer. Women & members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Paula Bilodeau, Program Manager, at (413) 296-4536, ext. 123 for an application or email

Funding is provided by the US Dept. of HUD/DHCD and MA CDBG Programs.


Hilltown Community Development Meetings in Worthington, Goshen and Peru are scheduled.

Posted: 11/8/2013 12:53:23 PM

Residents are invited and encouraged to attend a meeting to review their town's goals, priorities and accomplishments which are outlined in each town Community Development Strategy (CDS) and to gather new ideas for future community projects. After the meeting, each town Selectboard will review public input and revise the CDS to reflect the Town's goals and projects that may be eligible for federal block grant funding. Citizen participation is a vital component of this process and is encouraged!

The meetings are scheduled for the following towns: Peru on Monday, November 25th at 7pm in the Town Offices, 3036 Main Street, Peru. Worthington on November 26th at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall, Main Street, Worthington, and Goshen on December 9th at 7pm at the Town Hall, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA.

For more information, contact Dave Christopolis, Hilltown CDC Executive Director at or 296-4536, ext. 118

Goshen and Chesterfield COA Sponsor Free Music Series

Posted: 11/1/2013 5:27:42 PM

The Council on Aging from both Goshen and Chesterfield are sponsoring a (free) five-part series of musical events.

The first event will be held on Tuesday November 12th, 2013 at the Chesterfield Community Center on Main Road (Route 143) in Chesterfield Center.

This event features the Muddy Roads String Band with Bob Lovell and Kaye Simon.

A potluck dinner starts at 6:00 pm and music will begin at 7:00 pm.

Free and handicapped accessible parking.



National Grid Wind Advisory Nov 1st 2013

Posted: 10/31/2013 9:10:11 PM
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A message from National Grid

National Grid has been closely monitoring the heavy winds expected to hit our area over the next 36 hours. We are preparing our personnel and crew for potential outages and want to make sure that you are ready, too. If you have an elderly relative or neighbor, please ensure that they are aware of the situation and have considered their options.

Please see below for a list of our safety tips and important contact information.
Be prepared by creating an emergency kit:
  • Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Charged cell phone
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • First aid kit
We urge you to stay connected
In addition to Outage Central, National Grid offers a number of ways for customers to report outages or learn about restoration efforts and important safety information. 
Here's how:
  • Outage reporting hotline - Call 1-800-465-1212 to report an outage.
  • Text messages - Customers can receive text message alerts by texting the word STORM to NGRID (64743). Customers can opt out at any time by texting the word STOP to NGRID (64743).
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